Hearts bank the points

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BUCHANHAVEN Hearts took on Dufftown at Raemoss Park on Saturday hoping to stop a bad run of results.

Dufftown had a strong breeze behind them and had the first chance when Shearer’s cross was just missed by McGregor running into the box. Hearts forced the first corner of the game and Ritchie’s kick was cleared by Lamberton as Barbour waited to pounce on the loose ball.

Dufftown’s Lamberton hit a great strike but Bruce reacted well to produce a top-class save to stop Dufftown going ahead. Adam Ritchie got down the left and his cross just missed the on-rushing Sandison in front of goal.

Barbour was unlucky when he turned McDonald but Riddoch got down to save his shot. Duftown hit back and Bruce saved a dangerous shot from Lamberton as half time approached.

Hearts now had the wind behind them and Jamie Clark hit the crossbar after a cross from the right. Hearts subbed Sandison with Sime and Kevin Cunningham went up front.

Sime made a good challenge on Shearer as he broke through. Hearts took the lead when a corner from Ritchie was headed home by Scott McLeod to put the home side 1-0 ahead.

They quickly doubled their advantage when a crossfield pass found Clark and his cross was knocked down by Cunningham to Scott Barbour who shot past Riddoch to make it 2-0.

Hearts were well on top and a Ryan Donaldson header was cleared off the line by McDonald who did not know too much about it. Glendinning came on for Ritchie. Clark had the ball in the net but he had fouled Riddoch in the process, then Cunningham should have made it three but his header went over the bar. Hearts finished well on top but could not add to their tally.

This was a welcome three points for Hearts to stop the bad run. After a mediocre first half they played a lot better in the second period and should have had more goals.

The next game is at home next Saturday, March 5, against Forres Thistle, kick-off 2.30pm.

HEARTS: Bruce, Park, Clark, Cunningham, Donaldson, McLeod, Findlay, Aiden Ritchie, Barbour, Sandison, Adam Ritchie. Subs: Glendinning, Abolgehassem, Leslie, Sime, Whyte, McLean, Duncan.